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Community grants

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Looking for funding? Middlesbrough Council and MVDA run Find a Funder, an online funding search tool for Middlesbrough communities.

Training sessions

Training sessions on using Find a Funder are available. Sessions are aimed at community and voluntary sector groups looking for grant funding. Please check back soon for the next dates.

Council grant programmes

The council has a number of grant programmes available to voluntary and community sector groups to support activity for people in Middlesbrough. All applications must demonstrate how they link to the Mayor's Vision.

For more information on grants, please contact:

Market Management Officer
Phone: 01642 729309

Community Chest

Grants of up to £1,000 are available to voluntary and community groups within Middlesbrough. This is a rolling programme so applications are accepted throughout the year; the grant panel meets to discuss applications on average four times per year.

Applicants must demonstrate that:

  • The project/group will benefit the people of Middlesbrough
  • The project/group encourages community activity and stimulates participation and involvement
  • The project/group compliments the services and priorities of Middlesbrough Council

To apply look at the criteria then download and complete the Community Chest application form.

ESF Community Grants Programme 2019

Middlesbrough Council, in partnership with the four Tees Valley councils, has been awarded funding to support those who are furthest from the labour market to move into work. The programme is jointly funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 are available for individual projects. Funding is for the purpose of mobilising disadvantaged or excluded unemployed and economically inactive people to facilitate their progress towards employment.

Find out more about the ESF Community Grants Programme 2019 and apply.

Cohesion Grants

Stronger Communities

Can you help your local community to become a friendlier and more tolerant place; helping people to learn about each other’s faiths and beliefs and work together to make it a better place to live for all? We want to support local voluntary, faith and community groups and their projects with funding of up to £2,000. Closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 1 April 2019.

Youth Offer

The aim of this funding is to enhance community cohesion among young people; in other words breaking down of barriers and preconceptions. We are looking for young people to tell us what issues they have noticed and to come up with creative ways of raising awareness of this either with groups, the community of Middlesbrough or even nationally. Grants of between £200-£1000 available. Closing date for applications 04/01/19


Application form

Short Break Grants

Do you work with children or young people who are disabled? Grants of up to £3000 are available to groups offering positive activity to children and young people with a disability on evenings, weekends or during school holidays.

To apply for a short break grant look at the criteria then download and complete the Short Break Grant application form.

Applications close at 9am on Monday 19 March 2019.

Development grants

The Development Fund is no longer accepting applications.

In exceptional cases, small grants of up to £5000 are available for voluntary and community groups organisations.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.

Educational bursaries

The Student Bursary Fund is no longer accepting applications.

As these are available due to Trust Funds, the amount available to distribute varies annually.

For more information, contact the Market Management Officer on 01642 729309.


Do you have a good idea which will help make Middlesbrough a better place to live, work, and visit? Do you just need a little bit of money to help make it happen?

Middlesbrough Council has a social regeneration programme called EMPOWER Middlesbrough. It's all about the community, council and other public services working together to make Middlesbrough a better place to live, work, and visit.

Local people, voluntary, faith and community groups can apply to the Community Action Fund for money to help them get their ideas for improving Middlesbrough off the ground.

You can apply in any of the following ways: 

  • sending in your application by email or post by filling in the application form;  
  • sending in a video or sharing your idea via social media; 
  • popping along to one of the drop in sessions or ringing to tell us about your idea in person.

Voluntary and community sector grants awarded - 2017-18

View details of the purpose and size of grants awarded.

If you think your group may be interested in applying for one of these grants this year, you can simply download the relevant application form and grant criteria below or give us a call to have a chat about your idea on 01642 729309.